High Voltage (HV) Auditing
High voltage is defined as greater than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC
Section 221 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 requires that an accredited auditor inspect high voltage electrical installations prior to connection or reconnection to a source of electricity, if:
1. The high voltage electrical installation is being connected for the first time
2. Electrical installation work has been performed on the HV electrical installation.
The owner of the high voltage installation must ensure that:
1. The installation is inspected, tested and found to be electrically safe by an accredited auditor before the installation is connected or reconnect to the electricity supply; and
2. All requirements, as stipulated by the accredited auditor, are met and are maintained during the life of the installation.
A pre-commissioning inspection ensures that the installation, related electrical equipment and protective equipment have correct certification and comply with certification documentation and appropriate standards.
Protech Power Internationals Queensland Government accredited high voltage auditor will provide an independent review of our customer’s high voltage installations, protection and other high voltage equipment.
A HV Audit Report will be provided that will advise customers on how to rectify any areas of non-compliance, remedial actions required and other compliance information. All new or modified installations must have a high voltage audit completed to comply with the Qld electrical safety act.
Periodic Audits are the best way to ensure that electrical installations continue to meet safety requirements and ensure both plant and workers remain as safe as possible.
Failure to adhere to the obligations under part 27 regarding the Electrical Safety Act 2002 may end in legal proceedings that may include charges up to $1,000,000 ($200,000 for an individual) or three years imprisonment.
Under area 153 of the Electrical protection Regulation 2002, a person must not connect or reconnect a top voltage electrical installation to a way to obtain electricity, after electrical work has been performed on the installation, unless the electric work was inspected by a certified auditor and found to be electrically safe and compliant with the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000) and other relevant Australian standards, such as AS2067 (Substations and high voltage installations surpassing 1 kV AC).